October 2021

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October 5, 2021

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. − During Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, the controversial mask policy was addressed but only by public speakers.

“I think that I’m speaking on behalf of the parents, educators, students and the families of Putnam County and I say that because of the number of calls I received from parents and from educators across about concern for their students,” said WVEA President Dale Lee.

“When you have a policy that will say over 300...

October 8, 2021

WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia NAACP President Owens Brown has been appointed to the state Senate from the 1st District, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The district covers Brooke, Hancock, Ohio and part of Marshall.

Brown, 69, of Wheeling, is the first African American serving in the West Virginia Senate in over 30 years, and the first African American man ever to serve in the state Senate, according to Justice.

"I congratulate him beyond belief. He will do an incredible job, I...

October 13, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.VA.The following remarks were made by WVEA President Dale Lee to the State Board of Education at their meeting on Wednesday, October 13 regarding COVID and a shortage of education employees.

Lee expressed concern to the Board that our educators are seeing a big jump in the number of students testing positive for COVID. “There is a real concern and fear in our schools for students, education employees, and their families,” Lee said.


October 19, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. − The West Virginia Education Association (WVEA), along with local parents, are suing the Putnam County Board of Education over the county’s COVID protocols. The suit was filed on October 18th citing the Board’s policies regarding contact tracing, masking, quarantining, and seating charts that are in violation of WV Regulations.

WVEA President Dale Lee states, “The Putnam County BOE is clearly violating the law and is not willing to make any changes...

October 21, 2021

CHARLESTON, W.Va. − The PEIA Finance Board has set the dates for public hearings on proposals for Plan Year 2023. These hearings will give PEIA members a...